Experience is born of expectation - so my expectation needs to be qualified. I stayed here with my wife on a Wed night to have our first night out with me dressed as a women. The focus wasn't the hotel and my expectations were functional, small but clean as it is relatively new.
We checked in (not dressed up) at about 2pm and were greeted by who I think was the manager - a foreign gentleman who was so professional that he could make the head concierge in the Ritz look like an amateur! Because we booked direct we were given a complimentary bottle of cold white wine and muffins to share in our room over a cup of coffee. He was attentive, professional, helpful and made us feel extremely welcome. The Hotel is entranced by a buzzer on the side of the closed glass door and first impressions were very clean, tidy and 'boutique' like in the décor with two couches in the reception area - small but functional as expected. Our room again was small as expected but very clean with fresh towels, coffee facilities, a wall mounted TV and all the other normal stuff. We had a lovely canal view and really felt we had made a good choice. We went out to town for a couple of hours and on our return we were greeted by 'Carl' and his colleague who were on reception. Nerves were starting to build with me so I decided to ask the guys for some advice. Obviously they were just out of the same 'concierge school' that the first guy was from as they made me feel very comfortable explaining that it is very much the norm around Canal street and told me the best places to go as well as the more hardcore ones to avoid if I didn't want to be hit on! Again both impeccably dressed and really helpful. They even suggested they could give me fashion tips if needed!
We got dressed up while enjoying our wine and went back down to head out and had a laugh with the guys. Our night out was great and hopefully one of many and the vibe on Canal street is great with lots of trans women out on the town.
I want to point out that this hotel is not a Gay in your face establishment but a progressive and forward thinking place that caters for ALL aspects of the community and is as perfect to stay in as a hetrosexual couple as a gay man or women - great outlook, great staff and if the owner is looking at this he should be very proud of what he has created with his/ her team and give them a serious thanking for representing the hotel so well.
Our breakfast was served until 11:00 in a Café called Eve which is a 2 minute walk away and is a cool, fresh and funky place where we had the most tasty breakfast.
We wanted to stay in town for a while and the guys were happy to let us leave our bags their until later in the day and our last impression when we called back around 5pm was of a guy who may not have done the training yet as he was a bit uninterested and probably made to look a little unprofessional because of the otherwise high standards we had experienced. Overall excellent stay and it made the experience one of the best nights ever,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located alongside the canal in the heart of Manchester City Centre this new contemporary hotel offers comfortable twin, double, king and family bedrooms. We offer our guests free WiFi access throughout the hotel. All rooms are en-suite and include shower, safe and 32' inch flat screen TVs. Your room will welcome you with coffee and tea making facilities and a sweet surprise. Hotel reception is opened 24 hours and our friendly staff will make sure your visit to Manchester is pleasant and your stay with us comfortable.Le Ville Hotel is just 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly rail station and under a 20-minute drive from Manchester International Airport. Trafford Centre, Manchester United football grounds and Manchester City stadium are both a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Lively Deansgate and Printworks, Palace theater, O2 Apollo, Manchester Academy and The Manchester Art Gallery are located within a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Manchester Metropolitan University and The Manchester Museum are located 15 minutes away on foot.Whether you are visiting Manchester for business or pleasure. ... more less
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